BCPhA endorses medical marijuana pilot project in B.C.

For immediate release: Friday April 2, 2004

Vancouver, B.C. - The British Columbia Pharmacy Association announced today that it would support pursuing discussions with, Health Canada for a pilot project to dispense medical marijuana from selected pharmacies in B.C. This pilot project will be the first of its kind in North America.

The medical marijuana pilot project will be launched this fall to coincide with new federal legislation effective, September 2004.

Pharmacists, highly trained medicine managers and drug information experts are educated to dispense all types of medicines and over-the-counter drugs and routinely work with narcotics. The BCPhA believes that pharmacist are the most appropriate health care professional to educate and dispense standardized medical marijuana to Health Canada and physician approved patients.

Marnie Mitchell, BCPhA CEO, had this to say on the BCPhA endorsement of the project, "We view this as an opportunity to explore an exciting new role for our members and to offer a new treatment option for patients living with pain and chronic illness."

For further in formation contact:
Susan Ogilvie
Director, Communications
British Columbia Pharmacy Association
Telephone Direct: 604-269-2863 or 604-261-2092
E-mail: susan.ogilvie@bcpharmacy.ca